Volunteers help build a village for abandoned babies

Quinton Boucher and Pastor Thomas Beneke at work in the garden.

Toiling under the winter sun, St Martin’s Village volunteers worked tirelessly on Saturday, August 5, living up to the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” as they were helping a village to upgrade its facilities with general maintenance around the house and assisting in the vegetable garden.

The structure for the greenhouse was put in place and secured, and the garden readied for seedlings.

The vegetable garden would allow the home to not only provide food for its own table, but also generate funds, as the produce could be sold to the community at large.

The need to become more self-sufficient has become very important, after several non governmental organisations suffered several setbacks due to financial constraints, because of poor financial support by the government.

In April, four staff members from Morester Children’s Home were retrenched, due to financial difficulties, and some of the children had to be moved to the other children’s home in Ladysmith.

Another shock was when Morester Children’s Home was recently told to vacate its premises by November of this year.

Thembilihle Child and Youth Care Centre closed its doors in May, with the children in its care being moved to other facilities.

Also in May, Khulisa Social Solutions shut its doors not only in Newcastle, but in the entire KwaZulu-Natal region.

With these difficulties, St Martin’s Village was ensuring it could continue caring for abandoned and abused babies, regardless of the worrying situation.

Pastor Thomas Beneke was exceptionally pleased with the proceedings of the work on the maintenance day.

“It was the first time we held a maintenance day and we are still learning, but I am happy with the way it went,” Beneke said.

He thanked everyone who assisted, for the effort they made with the upgrading of the various projects.

Other stories on the site:

Quinton Boucher

find your
dream home

looking for an

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News


Recommended Story x
Help Heather find her missing documents

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.

SELECT your titles:

Estcourt News
Ladysmith Gazette
Newcastle Advertiser
Northern Natal Courier
Vryheid Herald

Your details:

Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)